For Immediate Release
Contact: David Henderson, 860-520-7250
HARTFORD, CT — September 28, 2015 — Hartford Stage announced today the cast and creative team for the sold-out world premiere of Rear Window, adapted for the stage by Keith Reddin, and directed by Hartford Stage Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak, from October 22-November 15.
Joining the previously announced Kevin Bacon, who will play Hal Jeffries, will be McKinley Belcher III as Sam, Melinda Page Hamilton as Mrs. Thorwald and Gloria, John Bedford Lloyd as Boyne, Robert Stanton as Thorwald, and nine ensemble members.
The play is based on the same short story—“Rear Window” by Cornell Woolrich—that inspired the Alfred Hitchcock film, a 1954 Academy Award nominee. It is the classic story of a man confined to his apartment who thinks he may have witnessed a murder in a nearby building. Rear Window is presented by special arrangement with producers Charlie Lyons, Jay Russell and Jeff Steen.
In addition to Tresnjak, the creative team will include scenic design by Alexander Dodge (Tony Award nomination for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), costume design by Linda Cho (Tony Award winner for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), lighting design by York Kennedy (The Ghosts of Versailles at LA Opera), sound design by Jane Shaw (Hamlet at Hartford Stage); projection design by Sean Nieuwenhuis (Doctor Zhivago on Broadway); and fight choreography by Steve Rankin (Henry IV at Lincoln Center Theatre).
The production stage manager will be James Harker, whose Broadway credits include Doctor Zhivago, Mothers and Sons, American Idiot, Proof, and The Seagull.
Rear Window features an ensemble of nine, including Dan Bender, Erik Bloomquist, Ashley Croce, Roy Donnelly, Barbara Gallow, Jon Garrity, Caitlin Harrity, William Squier and Quinn Warren.
Belcher’s credits include the HBO miniseries “Show Me a Hero,” the upcoming PBS series “Mercy Street,” Twelfth Night at Hartford Stage and Romeo and Juliet at Classic Stage Company.
Acclaimed for her leading role in the indie film Sleeping Dogs Lie, Hamilton is well-known for the TV series “Devious Maids,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Mad Men” and “Big Love.” She appeared on stage in Bell, Book and Candle and Cornelia at The Old Globe.
A Yale School of Drama graduate, Lloyd has many Broadway credits, including The Rainmaker, Tartuffe and Some Americans Abroad, and his films include Trading Places, The Bourne Supremacy and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
Stanton, winner of the Obie Award for All in the Timing, appeared on Broadway in The Coast of Utopia, Mary Stuart and A Free Man of Color, and he is most recognized as the title character’s father in the film version of Dennis the Menace.
Bacon is a Golden Globe Award winner and Emmy Award nominee, whose films include A Few Good Men, Apollo 13, Footloose, Murder in the First, JFK, The Woodsman, X-Men: First Class, Sleepers and The River Wild. His theatre credits include Forty Deuce (OBIE Award), Spike Heels, and the Broadway productions of Slab Boys and An Almost Holy Picture.
In 2014 Tresnjak earned the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Direction of a Musical for the Broadway production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, which he debuted at Hartford Stage in 2012. Earlier this year, he won the OBIE Award for directing The Killer at Theatre for a New Audience.
Reddin’s plays include Frame 312, Life and Limb, All the Rage, and Rum and Coke. Also an actor (films Lolita, Revolutionary Road), Reddin has adapted several other works for the stage, including Bulgakov’s Black Snow, Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid, and Thornton Wilder’s Heaven’s My Destination.
Previews begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 22
Opens: 8 p.m. Friday, October 30
Closes: 2 p.m. Sunday, November 15
Tickets for Rear Window are sold-out. For information about other Hartford Stage shows, visit www.hartfordstage.org.
The Production Sponsors are The Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation and Bank of America.
The 2015-16 Season is also sponsored by the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.
Now in our 52nd year, Hartford Stage is under the leadership of Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts. One of the nation’s leading resident theatres, Hartford Stage is known for producing innovative revivals of classics and provocative new plays and musicals, including 70 world and American premieres, as well as offering a distinguished education program, which reaches more than 20,000 students annually.
Since Tresnjak’s appointment in 2011 the theatre has presented the world premieres of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway, winner of four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical by Tresnjak; Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; Breath & Imagination by Daniel Beaty; Big Dance Theatre’s Man in a Case with Mikhail Baryshnikov; and Reverberation by Matthew Lopez.
Hartford Stage has earned many of the nation’s most prestigious awards, including the 1988 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Other national honors include Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, OBIE, and New York Critics Circle awards. Hartford Stage has produced nationally renowned titles, including the New York transfers of Enchanted April; The Orphans' Home Cycle; Resurrection (later retitled Through the Night); The Carpetbagger's Children; and Tea at Five.